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How contracting can help you as a father

18th June 2017

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iContract

Being a father can be one of the greatest jobs in the world. But like any job you’ll want to excel in it and not let anything come in the way of it. Your job as a dad has to play a fine balancing act with your day to day job to ensure you reap the positive benefits of what fatherhood can bring.

There are likely to be a number of fathers out there who find their role as a dad slightly hindered because of their work set-up. Many fathers who have worked as a contractor have seen the great flexibility it affords them in their life, giving them time to concentrate on their job as a dad. Here’s some important points to think about.

Time is precious

With there only 24 hours in the day, and a large chunk of those hours consumed by school time for kids, work time for you, and sleeping; what time does it give you to spend with your children? Of course there are weekends to savour, but these can be over in the blink of an eye and you’re back to the start of the week and fighting again for precious time spent with your kids. 

As a contractor, the flexibility it gives you to choose the hours you work will ensure you can have more control over the time spent with your children throughout the week.

Provide for them

As a father you’ll want to be a strong provider for them financially and give them every opportunity available. Ensuring your children are provided for comfortably is a positive step to helping them enjoy their childhood and will no doubt help them later on in whatever future career they choose.

Working as a contractor, the projects you’ll find yourself working on will have great financial reward for you, giving you the chance to provide fully for your children as a father.

Don’t miss out

Watching your children grow up, there’ll be moments you want to be present at and times you’ll want to spend as much time as possible with them so to not miss out on anything. With the summer holidays and half term holidays your children will enjoy, these present a unique time to share quality family time together. Working full time in the 9 to 5 routine, you’ll find you won’t be able to be as selective with your holidays. Having to share holiday privileges with your office colleagues who will no doubt want to take similar time periods to spend with their family, means you’re likely to not have as much time to spend with your kids as you’d ideally want.

Given the flexibility and financial benefits contracting brings, working as a contractor means when holidays such as the six week holidays or half-terms occur, you’ll be in a position to be more selective with your holiday time, meaning you won’t miss out.


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